Heading for Bacolod to experience the 38th MassKara Festival? Here’s our suggested itinerary for the weekend
October 21, Saturday
Start your day at Ann Co Cakes in Rizal Street, Silay City. Order their best seller, the Van Gogh breakfast set, which consists of potato pancakes, Spanish chorizo, fried eggs, bell pepper and onions and toasted panini. Enjoy your meal with a warm cup of coffee. If you have a sweet tooth, end it with a slice of mocha sansrival, banoffee pie or Toblerone cheesecake.
Time to burn some calories. Head for Silay City’s poblacion and visit some of the heritage homes there. Top picks are the Balay Negrense Museum, the Bernardino Lopez Jalandoni Museum (also known as the Pink House) and the ancestral house of Manuel Severino Hofileña.
If all that walking got you hungry, sit down for a sumptuous lunch at Sandok Comfort Food Restaurant. Among the must-tries are the sour beef stew, the cansi steak (sizzling beef shank), and the KBL, which stands for kadyos (black beans), baboy (pork) and langka (jackfruit). The place is a six-minute taxi ride to the street dancing venue so there’s no need to hurry when savoring Bacolod’s gastronomic favorites.
Get your body moving to the groove of Latin music. Watch the MassKara street dancing competition that fills Araneta Avenue and Lizarest Street with festive vibes. The perfect spot would be the Bacolod Public Plaza but if you can’t squeeze yourself in, position yourself outside Chicken House on Araneta Avenue.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along Lacson Street where you can find rows of al fresco dining options as well as nighttime entertainment. Try the famed grilled Bacolod chicken inasal and fresh seafood at the pop-up stores of AK-47 or Nena’s Rose. There are also sweet Negrense delicacies widely available in other booths. Remember that this main thoroughfare is filled with crazy parties so don’t shy away from dancing in the streets with like-minded souls, or trying buckets of ice-cold beer (or even the local rum!).
If magic tricks and illusions are your thing, visit the Trapdoor Tasting Room located behind Pizza Republic at the corner of 22nd and Lacson Streets. Finding the entrance to this tiny yet charming pub is an experience in itself — your only clue is an ace of spades symbol. Once you do find the door, step inside and be wowed by the Victorian-inspired interior. Enjoy their locally brewed ales while a waiter performs magic tricks at your table.